Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook
Solutions and Examples for Rich Internet Application Developers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Adobe Developer Library
Final Release Date: November 2008
Pages: 448

Thoroughly vetted by Adobe's AIR development team, Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook addresses fundamentals, best practices, and topics that web developers and application designers inquire about most. The hands-on recipes in this cookbook help you solve a variety of tasks and scenarios you may encounter using Adobe AIR to build Rich Internet Applications for the desktop. It's an ideal way to learn the nuances of Adobe AIR, with practical solutions you can use right away, and detailed explanations of why and how they work. These recipes will help you:

  • Build an AIR application with Flex, Flash, or HTML and Ajax
  • Create a database and connect it to your application
  • Put together native menus for PCs and Macs
  • Work with the Service Monitor Framework
  • Utilize the Adobe AIR Update Framework
  • Create branded desktop experiences with custom chrome and custom application icons
  • Distribute your AIR application with the Seamless Install Badge

And more. Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook includes dozens of recipes from rising stars in the AIR development community-David Tucker, Rich Tretola, Marco Casario, and Koen De Weggheleire-along with the best solutions posted by visitors to the Adobe AIR Cookbook community website hosted by Adobe and O'Reilly ( If you're ready to expand your skill set with Adobe AIR, this is the book you've been waiting for.

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      Comments about oreilly Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook:

      There are not many books and resources covering Adobe AIR subject on market and that was the reason why I decided to read "Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook". It turned out to be ideal to have this book with you when you are doing any AIR application because it thoroughly describes every nuance of the issue. The Cookbook starts with instructions on development environment and setting information about a new application. Then covers the fundamentals of AIR with detailed explanations of every problem. At the end we can learn how to distribute our application in various ways. I can definitely recommend this book to every Flash Platform Developer.

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      Great book!!!

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      Comments about oreilly Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook:

      As we know Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook includes recipes from David Tucker, Rich Tretola, Marco Casario and Koen De Weggheleire. This book is for

      intermediate developers who already have a good working knowledge of the Flex tool and ActionScript or JavaScript. Definetely this book helps us to solve many problems because the whole book is full of very useful examples.

      And now quick summary of what I have found in this book.

      Chapters 1, 2, 16, 17 show us how we can make air app in different developing environments (Flex Builder, Flash, Html and JS) and covers most environmental setup tips. Chapter 16 and 17 are about creating app updates (AIR Update Framework), using install badges and whole information needed to distribute air application.

      The rest chapters (3-15) explore AIR app - many useful examples of: windows in app, html content, file system, database, network monitoring framework and much more.

      The book also contains information that author gives us a bonus online chapter with steps of creating four different mashups

      applications with adobe air utilizing the solutions found in this book. In conclusion.. I have waited for this book since the announcement.. and now I can say that it was worth waiting. This book is great. It shows the power of AIR!

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